Mystery and romance combine to deliver a brilliant, intelligent, passionate story. There is no doubt that this book is the author’s most exemplary. I was intrigued from page one. The romance combined with the mystery created a rich world which captivated me.
Sir Nicholas Swan hires a new governess, Alexandra Battle, to teach his illegitimate daughter, Evelina. The connection between the couple came from a place of genuine respect and burgeoning love. The passion was elemental. The couple complimented each other perfectly. The main characters were lovingly written with care and precision. I fell in love with Evelina from her first scene. Returning characters from previous books brought a rich world-building feel. The couple’s love for one another ignited the page.
This book was as much a mystery as it was a romance. However, the two different themes complimented each other. I was drawn into the drama and complexity of the plot. The story kept my attention and was a page-turner. The romance and mystery were combined effortlessly. I was guessing the resolution of the puzzle up until the very end. Sparks flew between the couple at their first meeting and grew in intensity from there.
I enjoyed the other books in this series. However, this one is by far the best. This story proved that two people who are both generous and flawed could find happiness. I wished that there had been an epilogue; these books do not have them. The book ended to my delighted satisfaction. I do not read many mysteries, but these books caught my attention. The journey is fraught with peril, yet the wild ride is very entertaining. This story is a journey well worth taking.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Dangerous Lover is book three in the Crime & Punishment series. I gave its predecessor four stars; it was excellent; however, this installment far exceeded my expectations. Although paced with action, mystery, and romance, there was enough continuity to make it a book worthy of reading. I encourage reading this entire series. I discovered excellent books and a new author.